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Spotlight Education

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Meet the 2020 Triple Threat Award Recipients

See backstage selfies, watch them perform, hear about their Spotlight experiences and more. Meet the award recipients.

2020–2021 Spotlight Education school registration now open!

Become a Spotlight school for the 2020-2021 Spotlight school year. Interested in getting involved? Check out our program updates for this year to learn more about how high school theater programs, educators and students can engage in a state-wide theater community.

If you are a returning Spotlight school, your registration link has been sent to you. Please reach out to us at SpotlightEducation@HennepinTheatreTrust.org if you have questions or would like the form resent to you. If you are interested in becoming a Spotlight school, please fill out our registration form.

Join the Spotlight Alumni Network

Once a Spotlight kid, always a Spotlight kid! Join our Spotlight Alumni Network to continue engaging with the program. Register here to get involved.

Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education program is an essential part of arts education in many Minnesota schools. Annually, we help nearly 8,000 students in more than 100 high schools build confidence, critical thinking, empathy, sense of community and knowledge of theater. The program supplements and enhances arts curricula through production assessments, masterclasses and theater review writing, increasing equitable access to quality theater education.

Spotlight Education  honors and supports Minnesota high school musical theater students and programs.

Spotlight  honors high school musicals and students by formally recognizing the extraordinary achievements and process of developing the young artists, onstage and offstage, in our state’s high school musical theater programs.

We support participating programs and artists by providing high-quality learning, performing and creative experiences for students, thereby developing and empowering the next generation of innovative leaders.

Through Spotlight Education,  we advocate for the importance of high school musical theater education. Through this advocacy, we reinforce the statewide community that inspires high school musical theater artists, teachers and families to participate in and celebrate high school musical theater.

Spotlight Education Calendar: Fall 2020

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Spotlight Spokesperson Laura Osnes

We’re thrilled and honored that Minnesota native and Broadway actress Laura Osnes is Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education  spokesperson! She starred on Broadway in Rodgers+ Hammerstein’s Cinderella and credits her Broadway success to the amazing support and training she received during her high school years doing musicals in Eagan, Minnesota.

Laura Osnes headshot, red dress

“Participating in the Trust’s Spotlight Education Program inspired and equipped me for a successful career as an actress,” said Osnes of her experience while she was a student at Eagan High School performing in high school musicals.

“I am truly honored to serve as the spokesperson and to help encourage the next generation of theater enthusiasts to learn from friends and professionals and to work hard to achieve their dreams.”

Check out Laura’s IBDB profile and Facebook Fan Page!